Camp update

August 04, 2005|By Mike Preston

Camp update

A good sign: After a horrendous Tuesday practice, the offense looked decent. In years past, that never happened because the defense always pushed the offense around. Maybe there is a new attitude on offense. Also, have you ever noticed that quarterback Kyle Boller throws better when he is mad because he is not concerned with mechanics and rifles the ball?

Bank on it: First fight of training camp involved no other than right offensive tackle Orlando Brown. He got into a brief exchange with linebacker Bart Scott before they were separated. Death, taxes and Brown getting into a fight. Bet on it.

Three times a charm: After two trick-play failures in training camp, the Ravens got one right on a hitch pass to receiver Randy Hymes, a former Grambling State quarterback. Hymes, split left and behind the line of scrimmage, took a pass from the quarterback and then tossed a nice 40-yard touchdown pass to running back Tellis Redmon down the right sideline.

Guessing game: New defensive coordinator Rex Ryan has done a great job of disguising his fourth pass rusher. With both Terrell Suggs and Adalius Thomas both able to play defensive end and outside linebacker, it's hard to tell which one is dropping into coverage and who is pressuring the quarterback.

Mark who? Top draft pick Mark Clayton, the wide receiver out of Oklahoma, missed his third straight day of practice. He might be a good receiver, but second-year receiver Clarence Moore has been impressive with catches over the middle. P.S. Mark: You'd better get here soon.

Quotable: "I've got to save it for the season. I'm going to be an entertainer this season. I'm working on new dances, and they're going to be cool." Suggs on dancing after sacks this season.

Injuries: Tight end Todd Heap (ankle and shoulder), running back Musa Smith (leg) and defensive end/outside linebacker Dan Cody did not practice.

Today's schedule: 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (special teams only).

Countdown to season opener: 38 days.

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